Boys in the Wilderness
- SS 16
|154207||Boys in the Wilderness||2 PS||Di 10:15 – 11:45||R. 3.205||Lenz|
In one of Madonna’s songs, she claims ”I made it through the wilderness/ Somehow I made it through/ Didn’t know how lost I was”. Whereas she is actualyl talking about love and the loss of (her) virginity, the same notion of coming out of the wilderness changed is a motif which can be found in novels from the turn of the 20th century in Britain.
This seminar will discuss texts in which a boy has to come (in)to his own by being outside the confinements of the home, without a set of parents to guide him. He will encounter friends, foes and animals, and will come out a man – or will he? We will look at how masculinity is constructed in these texts, what it means to be a child and what notions of wilderness are depicted.
The requirements to pass this course are a presentation and two short essays.
These texts have to be obtained for this course:
- J.M.Barrie: Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0142437933)
- R.L.Stevenson: Treasure Island (Penguin Classics, ISBN 978-0140437683)
|Lehramtsstudiengänge:|| MA BML 2005:
|| LPO 2003:
|| LPO 1994/2000:
|| LABG 2009:
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